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Kyle David Anderson is assistant professor of Chinese, and chair of Asian studies at Centre College. Anderson began working for the College in 2010 as an Arthur Vining Davis Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow. He is a former Fulbright junior scholar (Taipei) and Fulbright-Hays fellow (Beijing and Rome). He was named a Centre Scholar in 2016.
Anderson is a literary scholar specializing in Sino-Italian literary exchange. His research focuses on the discovery and analysis of key texts in East-West literary history. Recent work includes groundbreaking studies of Jiao Naifang’s adaptation of Boccaccio’s Decameron (Eastern Decameron 东方十日谈) and Europe’s first Asian chivalric romance (Il Magno Vitei).
Anderson is also a translator of Chinese and Italian prose and poetry. His work regularly appears in Pathlight: New Chinese Writing. Prose projects with the Yilin and Italica presses are forthcoming. He currently serves as co-editor of the bilingual poetry quarterly, Poetrysky.
A dynamic instructor, Anderson incorporates new technologies and creative pedagogies into his Chinese language and Asian studies classrooms. Oral fluency of modern Mandarin dominates his language instruction, where students regularly tangle in formal debate, tweet-offs, vocabulary bootcamps, and share personal language-learning blogs and hold exhibitions of original translations of Maoist literature. Anderson’s Asian studies courses privilege critical thinking and the creative reinterpretation of artistic works and concepts. His service to the campus community was recognized in 2013 with the annual C. Eric Mount, Jr. Student Appreciation Award, conferred by the Student Government Association to the faculty member who makes the greatest contributions to student life outside the classroom.
Anderson holds degrees in comparative literature from Brigham Young University and The Pennsylvania State University. He is married to Jenny Wardle, and is the father of three brilliant girls.
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